In years past, I would say a 4 loss Auburn team probably isn't going to be ranked, but this season that is not the case. The Tigers sit at 21st in the Coaches' Poll and 20th in the AP Poll.
An 8-4 regular season is depressing given the expectations of the preseason. It could be worse and it could be a whole lot better. We all knew that two and maybe even three losses were between highly possible and probable at the start of the season, even as we knew going undefeated was possible. It was one of the toughest schedules in college football.
I'll have more thoughts later today and tomorrow on the Iron Bowl and the season as a whole. For now, the Tigers finish the regular season at 8-4 and still ranked in the Top 25. It shows that even with those losses, the pollsters recognize that this is an impressive team. It's a good defense away from being nigh unstoppable.
Here's the full polls.
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon|
|6||Ohio State||Ohio State||Georgia|
|7||Michigan State||Michigan State||Ohio State|
|9||Kansas State||Kansas State||Florida State|
|10||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|12||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Kansas State|
|17||Arizona State||UCLA||Georgia Tech|
|22||Boise State||Boise State||Clemson|